Date set for planning decision on new Bristol Rovers stadium

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By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 05:00

A DATE has been fixed for South Gloucestershire councillors to decide whether to grant planning permission for Bristol Rovers' new £40 million stadium on the northern fringe of the city.

They will meet at 2.30pm on Thursday, July 19, at the council offices in Thornbury to consider the issue.

Planning officers have yet to produce their report which will include recommendations on whether to grant or refuse the club's plans.

Rovers chairman Nick Higgs said: "We have strived hard to come up with a scheme that is both fantastic for sports fans in the south west and sympathetic to our neighbours and we are confident that we have now done that.

"I am delighted that we now have a date to work towards, as we are now another step closer to securing the future of Bristol Rovers Football Club."

Mr Higgs said the club had now been told in writing that neighbour Hewlett Packard is withdrawing its objections to the plans.

The technology company had previously written to the council outlining its concerns about the scheme. But Mr Higgs said these had all been resolved after discussions with the firm. The councillors will be meeting on the same day as the club's Fun Day and a link is being organised so the outcome can be beamed to supporters at the Memorial Stadium.

A report by planning consultants last month showed that 90 per cent of people are in favour of the stadium – the majority of them not Rovers' fans.

A total of 1,187 people responded to a consultation exercise by the club, of which a majority of 1,070 were in support.

There were only 114 objections and three comments were neutral, the consultants' report said.

Of the 487 people in South Gloucestershire who submitted comments to the consultation survey, an overwhelming majority (84 per cent) were in favour and only 16 per cent against.

The majority of comments (876) were not Bristol Rovers' fans.

The club has drawn up plans for the UWE Stadium after creating a unique partnership with the University of the West of England.

The stadium would be built on scrubland owned by the university but a large car park would double up for staff and students and the stadium would be used by students for research studies, vocational training and sports.



  • Profile image for mattycann

    Bobby noob let me correct you on something you said,I for one hope Rovers and City both get new grounds I really do can only be good for Bristol but have a look at the Bristol City fans forum under the heading paybacks a ***** 2nd page.look forward to your reply.

    By mattycann at 19:04 on 11/07/12

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    Rovers fans have had plenty to say about Ashton Vale over the last few years, with all sorts of bitterness directed at City. It's actually been quite pathetic.

    At least City fans are gracious enough to wish you well, and even then you can't keep a lid it!


    By NobbyNoob at 13:18 on 14/06/12

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    This Stadium deservers to be built,should be built,and will be built,.Enjoy it you blues it has been a bit of a wait,but in the end it will have been worth the wait.

    GASINCIDER- What a lovely chap you come across as .

    By THEIRONS at 21:44 on 13/06/12

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    What i find funny is that reds want to comment about our stadium. Have you given up on yours?

    It has been 35 years so far in trying to get a ground for the Gas. So dont worry BCFC its only another 34 years to go.

    By the way, if anyone from the dark side is going to comment on our plans please get your facts right.

    Two instances come to mind.

    1)Rovers only building a stadium for 21,700. Actually that is stage 1. They can put in an extra 5000 seats with no external structural alterations if needed. If we make it to the promised land an additional 10,000 seats can be added as a second tier. Thats funny it adds up to more than the dark side planned for.

    2) Another red was taking the mick that Rovers were looking to spend the Carayol money on Constable before we actually got it. The fact is the money came from Southampton as we were entitled to another £250,000 should Lambert be a member of the team that reached the Premier League.

    Still the dreamed up story sounds better.

    Keep dreaming reds. we have found a purpose built stadium already waiting for you to move in. Its in Darlington.

    By gasincider at 18:09 on 13/06/12

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    Bert the blue I was using Swansea city as an example because they were once in the same position as rovers I was not talking about the gas making the premier league I was pointing out that new stadiums can change the fortunes for some Clubs it just so happens Swansea made it to the top tier of English football a number of seasons after they moved to a better stadium 10yrs ago they almost dropped out of the football league which could have led to them going bust.And those comments I have heard have been in pubs on match days

    By godspeed at 15:24 on 13/06/12

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